2021 NCAA-ARTS Conference


September 29 – October 2, 2021
Sarasota, FL

The 48th annual gathering is presented by the Ringling College of Art and Design and the National Council of Arts Administrators.

If you could draw noise, would you use charcoal or crayon? If noise was edible, would it be Michelin star or fairgrounds food? What might noise smell like? Sound like? Feel like?

What if we told you noise looks like news and Google searches, and endless scrolling on social platforms? It comes at us from all sides, in all shapes, and is rarely harmoniously structured. Plainly put, noise is information. There’s a mighty fine chance you agree wholeheartedly.

Our 2021 NCAA Arts Conference puts the spotlight on the complexities of the current state of how we send, share, receive, and absorb the cacophony of information we are bombarded with all day, every day. Our endeavor is to address how we, a group of educators and leaders looking to learn and grow, can be better informed so that we may help our students learn to sift through the sights and sounds that surround them while teaching them to thoughtfully share information outwardly.

Join us. Our compelling speakers and stimulating breakout sessions are worth their salt. The event is meant for sharing ideas, resources, and strategies that can elevate us above the discord and further allow us to teach our students to thoughtfully give and take information in a society that so thoughtlessly consumes and shares it.

We are truly delighted to host you and show you what our institution has to offer. Come for the conference, and while you’re here allow us to showcase our esteemed College campus and our amazing, contemporary Sarasota Art Museum. It will be a full spectrum of colors, words, thoughts, and flavors strung together to create a beautiful melody.
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Seeing Through the Noise
NCAA-ARTS 2021 Annual Conference
September 29 – October 2, 2021
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota, FL

Keynote Speaker: Trevor Paglen

Topic: Machine Vision

The Guardian once wrote that “Trevor Paglen, whose ongoing grand project [is] the murky world of global state surveillance and the ethics of drone warfare, is one of the most conceptually adventurous political artists working today.”

If you further research Paglen, you’ll find a deeper sea of equally interesting notions suggesting “Trevor Paglen wants you to stop seeing like a human,” and “Trevor Paglen makes the invisible visible,” and “He blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism.” Of the many things written about this astounding artist, geographer, and author, the main takeaway is he brings clarity to a topic known for its chaos and confusion. For most of us, though we interact, willingly even, with mass surveillance and data collection, we still find it to be a far away concept. This is where Trevor Paglen steps in. He collaborates with scientists and human rights activists on ambitious multimedia projects to document the American surveillance state of the 21st century. Think of it like this, Paglen takes a seemingly scenic landscape, a la Ansel Adams, and pulls the focus to what hides in plain sight, revealing distant military facilities, capturing extreme telephoto images of stealth drones, a classified military installation, a spy satellite, a tapped communications cable, a drone, and, of course, artificial intelligence (AI).

One of Paglen’s priorities is to see the historical moment we live in and imagine alternative futures.


● 1996: BA from the University of California at Berkeley
● 2002: MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
● 2008: PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley

Awards and Honors



Paglen has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2019); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2015); Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2015); Protocinema Istanbul (2013); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013); and Vienna Secession (2010), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008, 2010, 2018); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London
(2010), and numerous other institutions.

Trevor lives and works in New York City.


Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Pat Mizak

Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Instructional Design Librarian


Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)


Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek
Circulation Assistant James Harrison


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

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Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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